VALETTA (MALTA) – Georgia has won the fourteenth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Mariam Mamadashvili won for her country with the song ‘Mzeo’. The ten year old won with 239 points, seven more than second placed country Armenia.
This year showed some changes in the voting system. The points 1-8, 10 and 12 were given by a professional jury as well as by a kids jury, each worth 50 %. This was the first time televoting was excluded from the JESC. An additional set of points were given by the expert panel consisting of Mads Grimstad, Christer Björkman and Jedward.
Armenia’s Anahit & Mary came second with their song ‘Tarber’. The Italian song ‘Cara Mamma’ by Fiamma Boccia finished third. Here is the final scoreboard:
Mariam Mamadashvili is ten years old. Her song ‘Mzeo’ means Sun and is full of happiness and positive intentions. The Georgian girl has been performing since she was four years old and lives in the United States.
Poli Genova, who represented Poland in the ESC in 2011 and 2016 AND presented the JESC in 2015, performed her song ‘If love was a crime’ during the show. Jedward, who represented Ireland in the ESC in 2011 and 2012 AND this years experts performed their new song ‘Hologram’. Last years winner Destiny Chukunyere joined the contestants in the common song and performed both her winning ‘Not My Soul’ and her new song.
Watch the winning performance here: